Welcome to the board!!! I'm really sorry you have reason to seek out info on Lyme Disease & other tick-borne illnesses, but you've come to a good place!!!
There are many on this board who follow- or have followed - an alternative route & I'm sure you will hear from them as well as those who are using the abx treatments. We are all just trying to find our path to healing, and have a desire to help others learn & understand how serious this disease is. You will find a lot of caring, understanding, helpful people here, as we DO understand what it's like.
Do you have Lyme or another infection? You also mentioned kids, are they infected as well? How long ago do you suspect those who are ill were infected?
Probably the hardest part of any treatment is finding the right one that works for you. This disease is as individual as the person who has it.
There is so very much to learn!! You do need to be your own health advocate, though. You will want to get & keep copies of all tests that you can - it makes it a lot easier to understand as members here ask about them.
Well, my brain is 'locking me out' now -Arrrg!!
I know that you will find so very much help here. Although we all have our own healing path to follow, we never truly walk alone!!
It's been said:LD patients can be as ill as people w/ congest. heart failure & in as much pain as post-op patients.
"Conditions": Lyme Disease, STARI, RMSF, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Neuro LD, FM, Chronic/acute EBV, IBS-C, Diverticulosis (& "itis") & now Lyme arthritis (?).